Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb has lost the lead on Rally Mexico after he incurred a 50-second penalty.

Loeb, who had finished the morning loop 19.7 seconds up on his team-mate, Sebastien Ogier, was forced to make repairs to his Citroen DS3 WRC car after it developed a gearbox problem. This meant he started SS15 this afternoon, the repeat-run through Ibarrilla, 5 minutes late.

"We were at the starting line in the [allocated] minute but I lost the gears and couldn't change the gear any more," Loeb explained to the official WRC site.

"We were in third gear, but it was impossible to take the start in this position and we had to work a lot on the car.

"It seems we've fixed the gearbox connection with a part from the rear bumper. It's okay now," he added.

Loeb's misfortune means that Ogier now inherits top spot and is 24.1 seconds ahead.